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T P Sreenivasan

T P Sreenivasan, (IFS 1967), is a former Ambassador of India and Governor for India of the IAEA.
Ambassador Sreenivasan is a frequent contributor to Rediff.com. You can e-mail the author at tpsreenivasan@gmail.com

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UNHCHR action on CAA is illegal, violates UN norms

UNHCHR action on CAA is illegal, violates UN norms

Rediff.com6 Mar 2020

Interestingly, India had objected to the establishment of a UNHCHR when it was proposed by the US at the Vienna Conference on Human Rights in July 1993 and the whole proposal was remitted to the General Assembly in New York because India and others said that the whole issue should be examined in detail, says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan, who had led the Indian delegation for negotiating the terms of the HCHR.

Mr Sandhu Goes to Washington

Mr Sandhu Goes to Washington

Rediff.com17 Jan 2020

'Taranjit has the ideal temperament to deal with the Americans who understand firmness and appreciate flexibility.' 'He can hold his ground with a cheerful face and still make it clear that India and the US are partners, rivals,' says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Modi has done India proud

Modi has done India proud

Rediff.com28 Sep 2019

'If the UN is New York's talking shop, he made it into Harrod's, London,' says Ambassador TPS Sreenivasan.

Anyone know what Modi and Xi discussed?

Anyone know what Modi and Xi discussed?

Rediff.com1 Aug 2018

'Till today, we don't know what PM Modi discussed with Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, but we have been told that the relations have been reset.' 'We have no evidence from China to show that anything has changed, even though India had made several gestures in preparation for Wuhan,' says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

The Indian who challenged Einstein

The Indian who challenged Einstein

Rediff.com15 May 2018

'He was nominated for the Nobel Prize 9 times and several scientists wrote to the academy pointing out the injustice.' Ambassador T P Sreenivasan remembers E C G Sudarshan, the legendary physicist who passed into the ages on Monday, May 14.

Why Bolton's appointment is dangerous for the world

Why Bolton's appointment is dangerous for the world

Rediff.com26 Mar 2018

'Unlike Trump, who has an isolationist approach, Bolton would like to roam around the world, trampling upon any sign of dissent,' says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

'Till yesterday, you were glowing in your exalted place like a queen'

'Till yesterday, you were glowing in your exalted place like a queen'

Rediff.com3 Mar 2018

'The very fact that she survived her migration to Bollywood, where many young lives have been sacrificed or abandoned to the streets, bears testimony to her grit, determination and good fortune,' says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Pakistan is many years behind us in everything

Pakistan is many years behind us in everything

Rediff.com11 Dec 2017

'Islamabad is only as big as a Delhi suburb.' 'How can a city with just two five star hotels and only one departure gate at their international airport be compared to Delhi with its sprawling airport?' Ambassador T P Sreenivasan finds the pulse of Pakistan after visiting Islamabad for the first time.

When a big nation is led by a small man

When a big nation is led by a small man

Rediff.com28 Nov 2017

'Presidents may come and go, but America will go on forever,' an American business leader tells Ambassador T P Sreenivasan in New York.

Nobel Prize went to an idea whose time has not come

Nobel Prize went to an idea whose time has not come

Rediff.com11 Oct 2017

To imagine that no one contributed to global peace to deserve the prize in 2017 is to be extremely cynical about peacemakers around the globe.

India-Pakistan fireworks at UN serve no purpose

India-Pakistan fireworks at UN serve no purpose

Rediff.com4 Oct 2017

If we ignore Pakistan and direct our energies to more important issues at the UN, our position against internationalising Kashmir would be strengthened.

Peace and tranquility on the China border remains a distant dream

Peace and tranquility on the China border remains a distant dream

Rediff.com29 Aug 2017

'The only choice we have is to strengthen ourselves militarily and economically and develop friendships with others without alarming our neighbours, says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

A Colossus says Goodbye

A Colossus says Goodbye

Rediff.com10 Jul 2017

Naresh Chandra -- distinguished civil servant and diplomat -- passed into the ages on Sunday, July 9. Ambassador T P Sreenivasan salutes a patriot like none other.<

Modi's Trump Triumph

Modi's Trump Triumph

Rediff.com27 Jun 2017

'By the time he came out after nearly five hours, he had a one-to-one conversation with the President, a delegation-level meeting, a reception, a dinner, a tour of the White House and a joint statement of a kind none of his predecessors ever had,' says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Modi-Trump Summit: Truly historic step is unlikely

Modi-Trump Summit: Truly historic step is unlikely

Rediff.com22 Jun 2017

At no other time has a single meeting of the leaders of two democracies been so critical and hazardous.

Why did Trump attack India?

Why did Trump attack India?

Rediff.com3 Jun 2017

Trump's diatribe against India in his speech on the Paris Agreement is hard to explain, especially when a Modi-Trump meeting is supposedly on the cards, says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Wooing Trump: Can Modi do it?

Wooing Trump: Can Modi do it?

Rediff.com26 May 2017

'The success or otherwise of Modi's foreign policy will largely depend on the equation he is likely to strike with Donald Trump.'

100 days of Donald Trump: The method in his madness

100 days of Donald Trump: The method in his madness

Rediff.com17 Apr 2017

The world is still figuring out the man as he continues his enigmatic journey towards the first 100 days of his presidency.

Indians in America are victims, not targets

Indians in America are victims, not targets

Rediff.com30 Mar 2017

Three hate crimes have deepened the fear among South Asians that Trump's rhetoric encouraged violence against them, but there is no evidence that Indians have been specifically targeted, says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

My experience with Ayurveda

My experience with Ayurveda

Rediff.com9 Mar 2017

'The benefits may not be visible immediately, but the general feeling of wellness, rejuvenation and relaxation is palpable.' 'A former President had the habit of undergoing Ayurveda treatment every year in Kerala and he remarked once that he felt ten years younger every time he took the treatment.'

Why India-US nuclear trade is still in limbo

Why India-US nuclear trade is still in limbo

Rediff.com27 Feb 2017

'At a time when the entire India-US relationship needs to be defined by President Trump and Prime Minister Modi, a fresh look at the liability issue has become urgent,' says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan, former Governor for India at the IAEA.

Why we must remember E Ahamed

Why we must remember E Ahamed

Rediff.com7 Feb 2017

'E Ahamed will be sorely missed as a decent and wise man who made the best use of his political career and personal abilities for the good of the nation,' remembers Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Master Diplomat, Malgudi Maestro, Mysore

Master Diplomat, Malgudi Maestro, Mysore

Rediff.com24 Jan 2017

R K Narayan's house has been preserved as a simple museum with his memorabilia, thanks to the imagination of a commissioner of Mysore, who stopped its sale by RKN's successors to a property developer and purchased it for the government.

What's so magical about this tiny island in Kerala?

What's so magical about this tiny island in Kerala?

Rediff.com30 Nov 2016

To be at Kakkathuruthu when the sun sets, according to National Geographic, is a surreal experience. Ambassador T P Sreenivasan tells us how the tiny island gradually charmed him.

The Fidel Castro I knew

The Fidel Castro I knew

Rediff.com26 Nov 2016

'Castro told us: "Give me a thousand Gurkhas and I shall keep my neighbour under control!"' 'We pretended that we did not know which neighbour he meant.'

Why Trump is likely to embrace India

Why Trump is likely to embrace India

Rediff.com10 Nov 2016

'India can rely on him to fight terrorism in all its forms, including Pakistan-sponsored outfits.'

Why the world will not isolate Pakistan

Why the world will not isolate Pakistan

Rediff.com29 Sep 2016

'The call to isolate Pakistan on the ground of sponsoring and supporting terrorism, particularly when the UN has not even defined terrorism, is a wild goose chase.' 'The responses of the various countries to the Uri attack provides testimony to this fact.' 'No country, not even Russia, was willing to condemn Pakistan for this dastardly act,' says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Modi is prepared to stake his personal reputation when national interests so dictate

Modi is prepared to stake his personal reputation when national interests so dictate

Rediff.com15 Sep 2016

'The book has immense value because it reveals the inner workings of the think-tank which appears to provide facts and insights to Modi, though he himself takes the final decisions and articulates them in his characteristic rhetorical style,' says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Well Done, Ambassador T P Seetharam!

Well Done, Ambassador T P Seetharam!

Rediff.com31 Aug 2016

'His assignment as the Ambassador to the UAE was particularly appreciated by the Emiratis and Indians alike. He retires in a trail of glory,' says Ambassadpr T P Sreenivasan.

Sreexit and After

Sreexit and After

Rediff.com2 Aug 2016

'Success comes only to those who dare and act,' says proud father Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

'Not Now, Nor Later!'

'Not Now, Nor Later!'

Rediff.com28 Jul 2016

For me, Arundhati (Chukku) Ghose was the last word on multilateral economic issues when we worked together in the ministry of external affairs on UN affairs. If her disarmament persona had not made her a celebrity in that area, she would have been known for the work she did in economic matters in different capitals. She was highly respected for her views and no one wanted to be seen on the opposite side of the argument with her. But she was always patient in explaining her position and in accommodating different perspectives, says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

What I learnt about Modi's foreign policy from Arnab's interview

What I learnt about Modi's foreign policy from Arnab's interview

Rediff.com30 Jun 2016

'In these days of a communication revolution, was it necessary for him to go to every country?' 'Mahatma Gandhi had no internet or a twitter account, but the whole world recognised him as the greatest leader of the twentieth century,' says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

'Afro-phobia' is not the norm in India

'Afro-phobia' is not the norm in India

Rediff.com31 May 2016

'Our countrymen should be made aware of the need to be polite and friendly to our African guests.' 'They should know the dictum, athithi devo bhava, whether they are black or white,' says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan, who once served as India's high commissioner to Kenya.

The challenges of ruling Kerala

The challenges of ruling Kerala

Rediff.com20 May 2016

'Continuity in a common agenda is essential, not to disrupt the progress achieved so far,' says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Don't be surprised if Oommen Chandy is back!

Don't be surprised if Oommen Chandy is back!

Rediff.com9 May 2016

'Oommen Chandy may well prove to be the Teflon chief minister whose reputation cannot be tarnished,' predicts Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Praying with Fire in Kerala

Praying with Fire in Kerala

Rediff.com11 Apr 2016

'Reluctance to go against temple rituals is understandable and the Hindu vote bank is extremely important at the ensuing elections.' 'But even the devout Hindus will not hold it against the government if the opportunity presented by the tragedy is utilised at least for a temporary ban.' 'Later, it may be too late as it might dawn on people that a hundred lives are not too much of a sacrifice to save a tradition,' says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Fragrance of Cuban cigars and rum will embellish ties

Fragrance of Cuban cigars and rum will embellish ties

Rediff.com25 Mar 2016

'I recall an encounter I had with a US Congressman of Cuban origin, who was hostile to India because of our continuing goodwill for Cuba.' 'He asked me why India was still friendly with Cuba and I gave him an honest answer that it was rooted in historical and friendly ties.' 'He took it as an affront and spread the word that an Indian diplomat had defended Fidel Castro in his chamber!'

Creating history for its own sake

Creating history for its own sake

Rediff.com26 Dec 2015

'In a relationship that does not permit cricket, how can the prime ministers embrace and send a false message,' asks Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

A requiem for Rio in Paris

A requiem for Rio in Paris

Rediff.com14 Dec 2015

We lost the gains of Rio and Kyoto in Copenhagen and Paris, but it would have been worse, if any mandatory restraints were imposed on our green house gas emissions, says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

This round is for Pakistan

This round is for Pakistan

Rediff.com11 Dec 2015

'One cannot escape the conclusion that Pakistan has won the Paris-Bangkok-Islamabad round. To be able to resume the composite dialogue without making any progress on the Mumbai attack trials is a dream come true for Pakistan.'

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